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Historical building evolves

Almost 100 years ago, the Kress Co. opened what was known as a “Five and Ten Cent” store in downtown Columbia and, for decades, traded in everything from clothing to candy.

On Friday — weeks away from its latest incarnation as a dueling piano bar - the Kress building went before the Missouri Advisory Council of Historic Preservation in a bid for placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

Thousands homeless after hurricane

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — Rescuers rummaged through a chaotic landscape of pulverized homes and twisted metal Saturday, racing to tally Hurricane Charley’s “significant loss of life” and help thousands left homeless by its vicious winds and rain. At least 13 people were confirmed dead.

As a weakened Charley churned into the Carolinas and was downgraded to a tropical storm, newly sunny skies revealed its destruction in Florida, where emergency officials pronounced it the worst to wallop the state since Hurricane Andrew tore through in 1992. Twenty-six deaths were directly linked to Andrew, which caused $19.9 billion in damage.

Surviving her son's death

BOLYE COUNTY, Ky. — For the 800 residents of Perryville, Ky., life goes on.

The stoplight on Highway 68 — one of two in town — still switches from red to green to yellow and back to red again.

Reliving a journey

Derek Biddle was 11 when he met a mysterious Cherokee woman in his hometown of Rocheport. It was the summer of 1998, and the American Indian was accompanying Glen Bishop, the founder of the Lewis and Clark Discovery Expedition, while he recruited men for the upcoming expedition to mark the bicentennial of the original explorers’ trip up the Missouri River.

“I spent the entire day with her,” Biddle said. “Before I left, she gave me a white mink skin and said that she would see me on the 2004 trail of Lewis and Clark.”

City seeks accessible sidewalks

An increase of more than $325,000 for the development of sidewalks and pedways, particularly downtown and in areas of the First Ward, is part of City Manager Ray Beck’s proposed budget for fiscal 2005.

Bringing the city into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act is a top priority, said John Glascock, chief engineer for the Public Works Department. Even downtown is still missing wheelchair cuts and ramps in some places, he said, adding, however, that the city always has “money in the budget for downtown and the First Ward: They’re the oldest parts of town.”

Attracting new hope

For Danielle Sipi of Jefferson City, life has been all about a yellow ribbon for the past six months.

“We never thought it would be that big,” Sipi said. “It’s taking over our lives.”

Focused on history

ATHENS, Greece — Michael Phelps wasn’t taking any chances.

The night before, he fired up by watching the movie “Miracle.” While on deck at the Olympic pool, he had Eminem’s “’Till I Collapse” blaring in his headphones. Before climbing atop the starting block, he stared down the 50-meter strip of water.

Congregating in Carthage

Four years after her divorce, Ha Tran, 50, continues to have trouble trusting people. After 30 years of marriage, she started to lock herself up emotionally. Though she is social, she has difficulty establishing serious relationships. She hadn’t taken a vacation in years.

It took a lot of convincing from her friends to get her to leave Morris County, N.J., and travel more than 1,200 miles to a small city in southwest Missouri. The occasion was a four-day celebration last weekend honoring the Virgin Mary and the Vietnamese Martyrs.

Champ in lead after 2nd round

Lake of the Woods Golf Course is referred to as LOW, but the scores on Saturday were anything but.

Defending champion David McDonald shot a 2-under-par 69 to take a one-stroke lead at 141 in the second round of the Kiwanis Columbia Championship.

WR Bracey wants to make name for himself quickly

Greg Bracey can get where he wants to go in a hurry.

In the summer of 2001, Bracey, then at Vincent High in Milwaukee, Wis., won the 200 meters at the Junior Olympics in 21.59 seconds. When Bracey was a junior, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel named him the area track athlete of the year after he won the state 400 in 48.2. He also finished second in the 200 and 4x100 relay.

Storybook hit for Story-Harden

Thomari Story-Harden picked the best time to hit a grand slam.

The Mavericks overpowered the Windy City ThunderBolts, earning a 13-5 win at Taylor Stadium on Saturday. The Mavericks improved to 24-55, and the ThunderBolts dropped to 37-43.

Hair-color crisis made me see red

I’ve written about my hair troubles in the past and as the older I get they don’t seem to get any better. When I spotted the first gray hair I dashed to the beauty parlor (now called a salon) and had the offensive strand dyed (the pc word is colored, but that makes me think of crayons.) I’ve been covering up the gray for almost two decades now, and it’s winning. At first I would have it colored every few months, then every six or eight weeks. Now I have a standing monthly appointment. I hate the process. I sit before the mirror while the stylist sections off my hair with a comb and then with a paintbrush coats each section with a thick paste that turns black almost immediately. By the time she’s finished with the first step I look as if a bucket of tar has been dropped on my head. Then I have to wait for a half hour while the solution “cooks.” About 10 minutes into the cooking part, my head begins to itch, but scratching is a no-no unless I want permanent dye on my fingers. By the time the 30 minutes is up, the stuff on my hair is as hard as a brick. Then it’s time to wash the excess out of my hair. This is also the time she reaches for some potent liquid to remove the dye that has remained on my face and neck. Whatever she uses removes any makeup in its way and leaves bright red blotches on my skin. The final step is cutting and styling my hair. The entire process takes about two hours, and I’ve learned to bring a book and a makeup kit.

Over the years, the hair that isn’t gray has become a mousy brown — not the rich brunette that I hated growing up. So recently I decided that I wanted to be a redhead.

Correction

A story about a genealogy conference on page 7A Thursday should have said consumption is the outmoded name of tuberculosis of the lungs, not cholera.

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